The Italian Lakes – A Tantalising Trio
Lake Orta is a hidden gem in the serene and beautiful Northern Lakes and it is an excellent base from which to explore the equally serene Lake Maggiore, Lake Como and Lake Lugano areas as well.
Hotel Giardinetto, 3 Star Superior
Pettenasco, Lake Orta
Located on the water’s edge of Lake Orta, this relaxing hotel enjoys such a close lakeside location that you can feed the lake fish from the restaurant terrace! Set in a quiet location, the hotel offers a mix of modern and traditional styles, with a wonderful restaurant that offers views straight on to the lake. Outdoor swimming pool in the lakeside grounds. The public ferry stops directly at the hotel. Lift.
Friday 28 August 11 Days £1255
Single Supplement £192. Insurance £41
(includes Insurance Premium Tax at 20%)
10 Nights Dinner, Bed and Breakfast, Return Ferry Crossing from Hull to Rotterdam in Outside, Level Berth Cabins, a Welcome Drink in Italy, Speciality Dinner on one Evening, Boat Trips on Lake Maggiore, Ferry on Lake Como, Visit to Villa Carlotta, Railway Journey from Locarno to Domoddossola.
DAY 1 We leave home and travel to Hull to board our overnight ferry to Rotterdam.
DAY 2 We disembark and travel through Holland into Germany and our overnight hotel, the Mercure Hotel, Saarbrucken Sud.
DAY 3 After breakfast, we make our way to our hotel on Lake Orta, our base for the next six nights.
DAY 4 Today we travel to Lake Maggiore, and the main resort of Stresa with its lovely lakeside setting facing the beautiful Borromean Islands. Take the boat out to Isola Bella and visit its beautiful Palazzo stately home and elegant Italianate gardens where its famous white peacocks roam, before continuing by boat to Isola dei Pescatori, the only island which is currently inhabited.
DAY 5 After breakfast, we set off for glamorous Lake Como, on a journey that takes us from the foot of the lake along the shore, passing the site of the beautiful Villa Balbianello up to the hamlet of Cadenabbia where we can enjoy a little free time in this lovely lakeside resort. We then take the short ferry journey by foot across the lake to beautiful Bellagio where we spend a couple of hours browsing the pretty waterfront and cobbled streets rising up the hill, or sampling an amazing local gelato while watching the world go by in one of the many lovely cafés.
DAY 6 Today we have time to relax on Lake Orta - one of northern Italy’s best kept secrets. Its capital, Orta San Giulio (which can be reached by boat from outside our hotel, not included) has a delightful medieval centre full of cobbled streets, galleries and local crafts. The local market takes place on Wednesdays which is an added attraction. We can also take the boat over to Isola San Giulio, said to be one of the most beautiful islands in the world and home to a picturesque monastery. (Not included)
DAY 7 This morning, we travel across the border into Switzerland, to Lugano, a cosmopolitan city with quaint medieval streets, high end shops, a delightful promenade and grand gardens to explore, all set in a lakeside resort setting. Enjoy a coffee or glass of local wine or for the more adventurous hire a boat or pedalo to explore the lake itself (not included).
DAY 8 Today we return to Lake Maggiore travelling up the west coast to its Swiss shores. We enjoy a stop for coffee and a stroll at the pretty lakeside resort of Ascona, before continuing to nearby Locarno. From here, we embark on a panoramic 2 hour train journey on the Centovalli Railway through the picturesque “one hundred valleys” to Domodossola.
DAY 9 We leave our idyllic haven on Lake Orta and travel back into Germany to the Mercure Saarbrucken Sud for our overnight stay.
DAY 10 After breakfast, we make our way back to Rotterdam to board our overnight ferry back to Hull.
DAY 11 Homeward bound today.